Gardening for the Future
Reviewed by Gordon Roberts
horticulturalist and garden writer Helen Cushing has a singular
aim - "to place gardeners and environmentalists on common ground",
starting with the belief that "small is beautiful and that the contribution
of each garden to the wider environment should be as rich and positive
as we can help it to be".
Cushing points the way
to transforming your garden into one that is low maintenance, low
water and ecologically sound, with advice on climate, soil and which
plants to choose, notably ones that will be happy in your garden,
not those that crave what your soil or climate lacks.
Inevitably, she takes
a few pot-shots along the way, among them: "Gardening books and
the gardening media will always tell you to fertilise. Remember
they have to fill their pages and their airtime with advice or they
are out of a job."
For the conventional
gardener, a challenging, thought-provoking read.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH